On October 17, 2009, Tyler Long, a 17-year-old with Asperger’s Syndrome, committed suicide as a result of the pervasive bullying he faced each and every day at school. Earlier this year, a federal judge ruled in favor of Tyler’s school district in a suit brought by Tyler’s parents.
Montgomery College’s recent report on the 2011 graduates of Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) reports that more than 25 percent of all graduating seniors from the 27 high schools within the county went on to attend Montgomery College.
Following a recent bullying video that went viral, the Internet has raised $176,555 (and counting) for Karen Huff Klein, the bus monitor that was horrifically bullied on a school bus in Greece, New York.
Bullying is a serious issue and has been gaining more and more attention nation-wide as a result of the recent unfortunate suicides of several students who have fallen victim to bullying. Many students have been greatly impacted by the bully-related suicides, and feeling as though schools are not doing enough, have taken matters into their own hands.
Schools have increasingly mishandled recent incidents of bullying by often going after the victims of bullying rather than the bullies. In two recent examples of this damnable approach by public schools to the issue of bullying, the schools involved chose to punish the student witnesses of ongoing bullying.
New York City recently joined a growing list of jurisdictions that have issued social media guidelines for teachers. The rush to create such guidelines has been driven by a perceived surge in inappropriate teacher-student...
Abandoning a jury-rigged evaluation system based off new, potentially esoteric criteria and adopting a measurement system based on the IEP has an added benefit: it ties teacher success to student success. The new requirements would serve as a bolster to existing special education-related laws and regulations. The end result would be an increased likelihood of student success.
Bad news for some Prince George’s County middle school students — look forward to longer schools days in the fall. The newly minted mandate that will extend school days by 40 minutes, with no financial burden, is an attempt to increase academic achievement.